Selection Process


Application Form

It is necessary to complete an application for any role you wish to apply for within West Midlands Police. If you feel that you would like to apply for more than one within Force Contact, please ensure you evidence all skills for the different roles in your application form.

Your application form needs to provide the evidence and specific examples that allow the recruitment team to understand the skills and experience you can offer the role and the organisation.

Short Listing

During the recruitment campaign or following the closing date all applications will be short listed against the essential skills, knowledge and experience for that role. At this stage the decision to invite you to the next stage is based solely upon the content of your application form.

Assessment Centre

Our Assessment Centres are designed to test basic skills that you will need to complete any role that you are applying for. You will not have to prepare for the Assessment Centre and you will not need to bring anything with you.

These tests include spelling, typing, literacy, listening and communication.


Successful candidates at Assessment Centre will be invited to an interview. Our interviews are structured and competency based. You will need to demonstrate you have the abilities and experience for the role you are applying for. Our interviews are based around the Professional Policing Framework, which will be sent to you with your interview invite. Each candidate is asked the same set of questions and they are marked using a pre-set marking guide to ensure consistency.

Medical Assessment / Vetting / References

You will be required to complete a medical history questionnaire and attend a medical examination which includes a pre-employment drugs screening. Our occupational health department will assess your suitability to carry out the role you have applied for. This may include a medical report request from your family GP.

Formal offer of Employment

Upon completion of the above tests, interview and pre-employment checks you will be cleared to start employment with West Midlands Police. At this point we will be looking to agree a date that you can join the next available induction training and commence your employment with West Midlands Police

Do not resign from your current employment until you receive a contract of employment from west Midlands Police and you are happy with the conditions.

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